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Rattlesnake Bites Heroic Dog Protecting His Owner
It was a close call for Boone the husky who noticed a rattler in a Monrovia backyard last week.Boone did manage to warn his owner 14-year-old Daniel Whitman that something wasn't right. The dog rushed to his owner and stood in front of him until Whitman saw what the fuss was about and ran back inside, Monrovia Patch reported.
Boone followed Whitman in moments later but what his owners didn't realize was that in the meantime, the rattler had taken a swipe at him. Boone seemed fine at first but 20 minutes later he started twisting his head funny like he was in pain, Whitman's father told Patch.
His owners realized he had been been bitten and managed to rush him to an after-hours clinic in El Monte, where he got an anti-venom shot. Now (as you can see in these pictures) the poor guy has a huge gash where the venom killed the tissue, but he is expected to recover.
If you live in rattlesnake territory, a veterinarian tells Patch it's a good idea for your pets to get an anti-venom vaccine. They'll still need a shot if they do get a bite but it increases their chance of survival.